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Fry control

Postby Ralph493 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:07 am

I have too many fry in my mbuna tanks. Particularly Saulosi and White Labs. Could I remove all my river rock and just keep a few large rocks so that fry don't have places to hide? Do mbunas have to have rocks? I know they are rock fish. I have no local fish stores to take fry and looking at ways to control numbers.
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Re: Fry control

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:45 pm

Remove the small rocks. Keep them stacked up high, but make crevices large. I would not remove all rocks.

Add Synodontis multipunctatus group of 5 assuming it is a 55G or larger.
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Re: Fry control

Postby Ralph493 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:56 pm

DJRansome wrote:Remove the small rocks. Keep them stacked up high, but make crevices large. I would not remove all rocks.

Add Synodontis multipunctatus group of 5 assuming it is a 55G or larger.

The tanks are 55 gallon. Was thinking of three or four larger rocks place along length of tank. Don't the multipunctarus get pretty big?
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Re: Fry control

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:29 pm

They get six inches or so but will handle your fry. I would not do large rocks separated along the tank. That would be more like a hap/peacock aquascape.
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Re: Fry control

Postby jcover » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:43 pm

I've only ever had 1 cichlid fry survive a tank with Synodontis multi's in it.

On the other hand... I've had several bristlenose pleco fry survive in my tank.....
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Re: Fry control

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:49 pm

Sorry I omitted a KEY word "not" above, see edit. Keep stacked rocks in a mbuna tank.
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Re: Fry control

Postby Ralph493 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:58 pm

DJRansome wrote:Sorry I omitted a KEY word "not" above, see edit. Keep stacked rocks in a mbuna tank.

Thanks,DJ, you've never led me astray. :thumb:
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